MIDDLE EAST: A King's Friendly Objections

Washington hears them, and tries to be conciliatory

Jordan's King Hussein came to Washington last week and was treated to a welcome that went well beyond the usual protocol. In the old days, when Hussein was regarded as America's best friend in the Arab world, he would visit the U.S. practically every year. Then came Camp David, Hussein's refusal to join the U.S.-sponsored peace negotiations, and a period of hurt feelings on both sides.

In prolonged tâête-á-têtes at the White House and State Department, Hussein repeated his chief objections to Camp David. Palestinian...

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